Image via Serebii

Update 2:

Nintendo of America hasn't, at the time of writing, issued any update regarding the arrival of Pokémon Bank in the region. The Pokémon Company, however, has posted the following tweet that vaguely promises the service for the region "soon".


The Pokémon Bank has also gone live in Australia, so this appears to be a PAL-wide release. With thanks to @chunky_droid — aka Brad Long.

Original Article:

For the second week in a row the Pokémon X & Y online services had extended maintenance early this week, and this time the final result has delivered what fans had been anticipating — Pokémon Bank has gone live on the 3DS eShop in Europe.

There's been no formal announcement from Nintendo as yet, but Serebii spotted it and posted an image, and we've now verified its presence on our own system. It's available to download for free now, and appears to be unchanged from the original software that was originally due on 26th December 2013.

  • Access to 100 boxes that store 30 Pokémon each, with space for 3000 to be stored online.
  • Downloading the Bank gives free access to the linked app Poké Transporter, which allows you to transfer 'mon from Pokémon Black and White as well as Pokémon Black and White 2.
  • Anyone who downloads the Bank app between now and 14th March will receive a fee 30 day trial.
  • After the trial a full year of access will cost £4.49 / €4.99.
  • Those that access their Pokémon Bank Box by 30th September will receive the Mythical Pokémon Celebi as a free gift.

We'll keep an eye on the North American store in the coming hours to see whether it will launch later today in the region. In the meantime, how many of you in Europe are rushing to your 3DS right now?